1940s Rare Hawaiian Wiggle Print Dress

Absolutely exquisite forties strapless printed silk or silky rayon dress with its original 1/2 bolero/wrap! Made by the highly collectible Hawaiian label Surfriders this is hands down one of the most exceptional forties dress I have had. The print is fine and detailed with Asian warriors prancing across the dress on battle dressed horses. Cranes flit amongst field f flowers. The detail is astounding! It photoed with a more white tonality that it really is - in real life it has a soft pastel mint green tone to it - like the boudoir wraps you saw in the twenties from Japan that were for the export market. The bodice is strapless and curved to accentuate the bust line. It nips in at the waist and a panel of fabric sweeps across and ties to form a swag at one hip. Incredibly it still has its original bolero/ wrap that has only one arm opening - the other end is more like a scarf! Truly incredible and a nod to the absolute fantastical fabric work of glory days gone by.

Closes with a side metal zip. The skirt has an over layer that wraps and ties at the side of the hip. It is silk or the best silky rayon I have yet to see with rayon backing to the half bolero. There is small, old, repair near the waist seam about two inches down. There is a teeny bit of color transfer here and there but you have to really want to notice that it is not part of the actual print anyway. I only mention these for accuracy (both these are there but get lost in all the print and the dress is still completely wearable) I have priced it accordingly. Boned through the bodice. Really exceptional and rare piece.

Shoulders: no defined seams
Bust: 17" flat across the back from side seam to side seam, with a built in bust that will need at least a B to fill (or padding)
Waist: 13" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Bodice length: 11" from top of bodice to waist seam
Skirt length: 31" from waist seam to the bottom of the hem

Modern Sizing equivalent: SML

Item# D302

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival

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